A few days ago, more than 5,000 Final Fantasy 14 players accounts were banned. According to the development team, these players were engaged in real-money trading and advertisements, which could have ruined the game’s balance.
On the game’s official website, Square Enix said 5,037 accounts were banned for participation in real-money trading and “other illicit activities,” while another 814 were banned for advertising real-money trading.
Players can submit a cheating report within the game to help with this problem, and can also report advertisements to stop others from offering these services in the game. This is unlikely to completely eliminate the problem, but it should help reduce its presence.
Selling power-leveling services and gear you don’t want for real money in MMO games is not new, but it will always be frustrating to deal with the “pay-to-win” mentality. “… players should take care to steer clear of any activity that violates the Terms of Service,” Square Enix added.
Final Fantasy 14 will receive its next expansion, Endwalker, later this year. The next single-player game in the series, Final Fantasy 16, is currently in the works for PS5.